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Our scholars have had a very busy winter filled with exciting learning, growth and a wide range of opportunities. Middle school science students are working on experiments for the upcoming Science Fair, and learning projects and experiences abound across the disciplines. Musicians performed at our annual winter concerts and are preparing for upcoming spring performances. Athletics are in full swing. Senior athletes celebrated their final home games and post-season play is upon us. The Elementary Drama Club prepared for their first performance ever, in the history of the elementary school, and it was phenomenal! The High School Drama Club continues working hard to be ready for their annual production in March. Ski Club was revived this year and has given students another avenue for physical activity and fun. All of our elementary and high school groups and clubs are active, and all students are able to come to school early or stay after school for extra help and support each day. Remsen is the place to be!
Mrs. Catherine Chandler, district clerk and confidential secretary to the superintendent, officially retired on January 31 after dedicating 37 years to Remsen Central Schools. Mrs. Chandler’s huge heart and kindness extend out to everyone she interacts with. She has always put others' needs before her own and is the type of person who will go out of her way to help anyone without ever being asked. We are all better people because she was part of RCS. Thankfully, we will still see Mrs. Chandler at school from time to time and at Board of Education meetings as she will continue to serve as the district clerk until July 1. We congratulate Mrs. Chandler on her retirement and thank her for 37 amazing years. We wish her the absolute best in her next adventure.
Over February Break, work will begin on reconstructing the old boys’ locker room to provide for a useable storage area and a New York State Education Department-approved vault for securely storing state exams, files and important records. This is the Capital Outlay Project that was placed on hold last year and should be completed this spring. Remaining capital funds from the high school fuel tank project that took place over the summer will be used to replace the rigging and curtains on the high school stage that are in desperate need of replacement and had been listed as a project alternate. This work should also be complete before the end of the school year. The facilities team is currently working on plans for next year’s Capital Outlay work, and information will be shared in our next newsletter and at our budget hearing in May.
In my writing at the beginning of the school year, I compared the challenges we have endured, and continue to endure together, to that of a long road trip with passengers continually asking, “are we there yet?” Our students, staff, parents and community members have been amazing. We are so very grateful for your level of positivity, support, understanding and patience. Our collective strength, perseverance and kindness allow us to prevail. With the recent changes that have taken place and the transitions that are forecasted in the upcoming weeks, we are quite optimistic that our destination is just around the corner! Please know that we are as eager as you are to get there.
We will continue to do what it takes to ensure that Remsen Central Schools continues to Soar to Success. As always, it is an honor and a privilege to be your superintendent.